zaterdag 26 februari 2011

50 Books Challenge - # 10: Marley & Me by John Grogan

Title: Marley & Me
Author: John Grogan
Story: John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good - Marley was expelled.
And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
Start: february 19th 2011
End: february 25th 2011
Comment: Because I love the movie so much, I owed it to myself to read the book. I liked it even more. It's about an average American couple who buy a dog who turns out to be the dog from hell. It doesn't really sound exciting, but because it's so recognizable it's so appealing for me to read. I could really tell that Grogan was a columnist, due to his writing style, and this fits the story perfectly. It was easy to read and I just had to keep reading. And this is not just a book about dogowners, because we follow John and Jenny in the thirteen years they have Marley and we see them get married, get jobs, have kids, move away. Marley is the only constant factor in their life and he helps them to adulthood and makes the Grogan's realize to be happy with the little things in life. I think only dogowners can truly appreciate this book and understand that dogs give you unconditional love and they are always there. People who don't have a dog or never even had one, will never understand the things we do for them. I will treasure this book and I would definitely reread it someday.
Rating: 5/ 5

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